mof1964, I've been using a chubby the last 2 years. Just traded in my rear vent for a top vent and notice a difference in how the stove runs. Just have to find her quirks! Like LsFarm mentioned, all stoves are different.
mof1964 wrote:larry trainer suggested that i am letting the fire get going to much when i reload.
maybe i should shake it and not let it ramp up and just load the stove on a lower fire bed?
I've let too much coal catch in the past causing a hot, quick burn. I was always nervous about smothering the fire and possibly extinguishing it. I've learned to get a good bed of coals burning then just completly fill the pot. Much better temp control and burn times.
jjs777_fzr wrote:Call me crazy - but the way I see it - the side air purge flaps could be used in the slightly open position to allow ~less air from under grate and thereby limiting the fire and extending the burn.
I've been using my secondary air purges to keep a low fire due to the mild weather. Like jjs777_fzr explains, these air purges allow over fire air to mix, thus decreasing air pull through the coal bed.
Hope this helps. Good luck!